In all honesty this bowl is a bit of a mystery. The glaze and style tell us it's older, and when I first saw it I thought it to be a Moroccan design, or possibly Pakistani. Yet written in Sharpie on the back is a greeting, "To Debra & Gary from Barbara Guatemala," which then led me to wonder if it was a vintage Guatemalan bowl. Or was it a bowl from Barbara, who happened to live in Guatamala and even perhaps found it there. It does resemble some Guatemalan pieces, especially from the well known Montiel workshop, and we do know that the Majolica pottery in parts of Latin America were influenced by the Spanish, which was influenced by the Moors, who lived in Spain for 700 years. Still, I have a feeling that this is not a Guatemalan bowl but rather a gift from someone who happened to live in Guatemala. I have since taken off as much as possible the black marker writing on the back, but since it was written with a permanent type of marker, it has not come off completely (see Photo 7). So if you are a true collector of vintage and antique pottery, this is not a piece for you. Likelwise, if you want to give this to someone, you probably don't want this piece, which still has the remnants of a previous greeting. But if you are looking for a beautiful and older decorative piece to place on your wall, this is quite lovely.
The bowl measures 10-3/8" in diameter and 3" tall. See Photo 8 for a close up of chips on the foot of the bowl. There are areas in the glaze on the front where the bowl would have been set on pins or poles to glaze, and thus where the glaze is absent revealing the clay underneath. No cracks. Bowl weighs almost 2.5 lbs unpacked and will be double boxed for shipping.
Pottery making so beautiful that it is truly a piece of art.
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